This funding request contributes to the DOT Organizational Excellence strategic objective and to the following performance outcomes:
Performance Outcome 1: Achieved strategic management of human capital.
Performance Outcome 4: Achieved budget and performance integration.
Performance Outcome 5: Achieved e-government goals.
Performance Outcome 6: Achieved research and development goals.
This request would allow RITA to:
The resources requested to achieve the performance outcomes are:
|Performance Goal 1|
|RD&T – University Transp. Centers||[76,700,000]||[76,700,000]||[76,700,000]|
|BTS - NA||0||0||0|
|Performance Goal 4|
|RD&T - NA||0||0||0|
|BTS – Methods & Standards||2,165,000||2,471,000||2,471,000|
|Performance Goal 5|
|RD&T - NA||0||0||0|
|BTS – National Transportation Library||2,035,000||2,345,000||2,345,000|
|Performance Goal 6|
|RD&T – RD&T Coordination||5,142,000||3,744,000||5,800,000|
|BTS - NA||0||0||0|
|Strategic Objective Total||9,342,000||8,560,000||10,616,000|
|Strategic Objective Total FTE||39||42||53|
Research, Education & Technology Transfer - To promote transportation education, research and research results thereby advancing the transportation workforce.
|University Transportation Centers||[$76,700,000 / 0 FTE]||1. Manage grants. 2. Review UTCs’ work to improve efficiency and productivity. 3. Transfer results of UTCs’ research to transportation community. 4. Collect, analyze, and publicize UTC performance measures.||1. Deliver continuing education courses. 2. Deliver transportation degree courses. 3. Award grants.||Transportation professionals in sufficient numbers and qualifications to plan and operate an advanced transportation system.|
Quality, Standards & Coordination - To determine data and research priorities, establish quality standards and common definitions, and coordinate transportation efforts toward common goals and objectives.
|Statistical Methods & Standards||$2,471,000 / 10 FTE||1. Complete standards and guidelines. 2. Review all DOT performance measures. 3. Maintain confidentiality protocols.||1. Statistical standards raining. 2. DOT PAR documentation. 3. Confidentiality training to BTS employees. 4. Report on RITA’s IT privacy compliance.||Valid statistical products that protect privacy and enable data sharing.|
Electronic Information - To leverage library resources for the ongoing development of an accessible transportation library.
|National Transportation Library||$2,345,000 / 9 FTE||1. Provide reference services. 2. Build the collection. 3. Standardize the storage and preservation and delivery of electronic information. 4. Re-design TRIS.||1. New data structure. 2. Full-text links.||A rich and accessible transportation research library that is used regularly by transportation professionals.|
Research & Development Planning & Management - To coordinate the development of transportation research and technologies toward common goals and objectives, maximizing resources toward departmental priorities and achieving efficiencies in research efforts.
RD&T Coordination - Mindful of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recommendations in their 2006 review of RITA’s Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) Coordination function, RITA plans to improve Departmental RD&T Coordination by: completing a strategy for reviewing all DOT RD&T activities to identify opportunities for joint efforts across Operating Administrations; ensuring that DOT research is evaluated according to established best practices; preparing and reporting on a schedule of research program evaluations; and developing common performance measures for DOT RD&T activities. For FY 2008, this program will add functionality by increasing resources and activity in oversight and evaluation. Those oversight and evaluation duties are split into two types – (1) macro-level evaluation of DOTs RD&T portfolio for accountability and reporting and (2) micro-level, technology-specific evaluation of targeted research projects – and reflects the Department’s next steps, following the creation and implementation of a planning and coordination process, in actually assessing the portfolio on a variety of factors.
|RD&T Coordination||$5,800,000 / 34 FTE||1. Provide planning & coordination activities. 2. Develop and implement an electronic reporting mechanism to capture research program management information. 3. Plan and initiate expert review of technological DOT research activities.||1. Report to Congress, Annual Update for DOT RD&T Strategic Plan. 2. Program-level reporting tool, data and report on DOT R&D programs. 3. Schedule of expert reviews on targeted technologies.||Concentrated and coordinated R&D efforts within DOT.|